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sententious

[ sen-ten-shuhs ]
/ sɛnˈtɛn ʃəs /
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adjective
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
of the nature of a maxim; pithy.
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Origin of sententious

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin sententiōsus “meaningful, pithy”; see sentence, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for sententious

sententious
/ (sɛnˈtɛnʃəs) /

adjective
characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
constantly using aphorisms, etc
tending to indulge in pompous moralizing

Derived forms of sententious

sententiously, adverbsententiousness, noun

Word Origin for sententious

C15: from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning, from sententia; see sentence
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